Bundjalung Dictionary

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Bundjalung English Category Dialect
-ny thing/person acted on by a verb ; person/thing acted on by a verb Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
-nyi than ; for fear of ; fear of (for) Gold Coast Tweed [more]
-nyun, -nyan while ; where ; when Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
nya, nyahla see! ; watch out! Middle Clarence [more]
nyabay water natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
nyabay-nyabay water-having natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
nyabaywen- melt Middle Clarence [more]
nyagar empty ; no longer useful artifact Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyah- what All [more]
nyah- see ; look ; look at ; watch ; find senses Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyah-nya(h) be careful! Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyah-nyah-nyah! take care ; be careful Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyahdjindi- find? Middle Clarence [more]
nyahgi what....want Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyahla see! Middle Clarence [more]
nyahlu what with? ; something with Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyahn she Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyahn.gan, nyahgan she Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyahn.ganah her (possessive) Lower Richmond [more]
nyahnbira- gape Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyahnydjam, nyahndjam blind body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyahr sinew ; vein body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyalagingga- tell a lie ; lie Lower Richmond [more]
nyalagini- lie to ; deceive ; cheat Middle Clarence [more]
nyalar tears body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyali when? Middle Clarence [more]
nyalnyehlbay buzzing noise in ears ; tinnitus body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyalyal hurt body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyam bit at a time Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyamal often time Middle Clarence [more]
nyambir little ; small Lower Richmond [more]
nyamgi- close ; shut Middle Clarence [more]
nyamin palm tree, small plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyaminbah Numinbah location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyaminy kangaroo, black buck animal Middle Clarence [more]
nyamul young (of any animal) ; baby ; calf ; pup animal Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyamul bira-/burah- give birth (of animal) animal Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyamul gayiribini birth body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyamul, nyamulbin animal, young animal Middle Clarence [more]
nyanay leech, scrub insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanda lagoon ; lake ; marsh ; swamp natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyandihn(?) swamp natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyang what ; something ; question marker Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyang, nya-, nyah- what ; something ; eh? Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyang, nyangbal Nyangbal people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyang- make Middle Clarence [more]
nyanga-, nyangga- do (what) ; do something (with) ; make (something) ; make what with ; paint ; do what with ; know what to do with Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyangba- say what ; say something ; what (do you) call language Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyangbal Nyangbal dialect language Middle Clarence [more]
nyangbu how many ; so many Middle Clarence [more]
nyangbu what's-it ; thing Middle Clarence [more]
nyangdjahn nothing Middle Clarence [more]
nyangga bird, regent bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyangga sun natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyangga, nangga-nangga, nyanggar bird, regent ; bowerbird, regent ; regent bird bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyangga, nyanggar sun ; day time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyangga-, nganggi- All [more]
nyangga-bahn.gan sunrise time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyangga-gayan sunset ; afternoon (late in the day) time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanggal hot (temperature) ; sweat natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanggal + -an.ga- sweat body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanggalgir summer time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanggalgir, nyanggalgan summer ; hot ; heat time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanggay day ; daytime ; sun time ; hot/warm time ; heat from sun time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyanggi what want ; what (are you) for, what (do you) want? Lower Richmond [more]
nyanggur (nyanggul) what ; what please ; whether Lower Richmond [more]
nyangguri (?) sun natural_environment Copmanhurs [more]
nyangi-, nyanga- what...do? Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyangili- have what the matter with ; have something the matter with Middle Clarence [more]
nyanguwihn what's up! Middle Clarence [more]
nyanyehny grasshopper (generic) insect Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyaram jew lizard, bearded ; jew lizard ; lizard, jew ; Bearded Dragon ; Dragon, Bearded reptile Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyaram lizard, blue-tongued reptile Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyaram, ngaram lizard, frilled reptile Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyari name Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyariba- name ; give name to ; call Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyarima- name Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyarum (Gd), nyurahm (Wa) wart body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyaruny father's sister ; aunt (father's sister) people Middle Clarence [more]
nyawan(?), nyari nyawan spring (season) time Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyehma place (special) location Middle Clarence [more]
nyel-nyehl ba- sob ; cry ; crying noise (make) Middle Clarence [more]
nyel-nyel sick body_part All [more]
nyidjang what plant Lower Richmond [more]
nyihgin spark food Middle Clarence [more]
nyihmanggal honey drink food Middle Clarence [more]
nyihmbuy Nymboida location Middle Clarence [more]
nyimar whiptail bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyimbar mamugany(?) pigeon, small green bird Lower Richmond [more]
nyimbiny house ; hut ; camp artifact Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyimbuny funny little fellow people Lower Richmond [more]
nyimbuny person of importance ; standard character in stories and legends people Middle Clarence [more]
nyimdjar kingfisher, azure bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyimgeh- jiyaw (nyimgeh jiyaw) blink body_part Middle Clarence [more]
nyina- lie ; recline Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyinahla, yinahla night ; night-time time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyindumba death adder reptile Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyingbul hiccup body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyinir(?) ovaries body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyinyahn grasshopper insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyirang shark, shovelnose ; ray, shovelnose fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyirbin gorge wall ; slope, very steep natural_environment Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyirgan hip body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyirgi initiation training (early), in preparation for initiation through First Rule of the tribal Law language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyirgi ba- train someone for initiation through the First Rule language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyirgi-gu place where training for First Rule initiation was given language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyirgibay teaching for initiation through First Rule of the tribal Law ; initiation through First Rule of the tribal Law, teaching for language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyirgin over-cooked ; parched ; thirsty food Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyiribiri sneeze body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyiring, yirany snake, green ; snake, whip reptile Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyiyahm fish scale fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyubang spouse people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyubang, nyubangdjar husband ; sister's husband ; brother in law (sister's husband) people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyubanggan wife ; wife's sister ; sister in law (wife's sister) people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyubani married couple people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyugahli- discuss ; talk about language Middle Clarence [more]
nyugam, nyugan bailer shell ; basin ; pot ; billycan ; water container artifact Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyugambil toe body_part Copmanhurs [more]
nyugan hill natural_environment Copmanhurs [more]
nyugargah (?) tree, tea ; tea tree plant Copmanhurs [more]
nyugay bee (generic) insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyugay female of non-human animates Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyugay(gan) bee, queen ; queen bee insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyugay, yugay, nyugay bargal bee, Italian ; bee, English insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyuguhm great-grandmother people Middle Clarence [more]
nyuguhndjargan, nyuguhn.girgan niece people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyugum nasal mucus ; mucus, nasal ; semen body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyugumbihny husband people Middle Clarence [more]
nyugun woman's brother's son (Wi:Curr:Richmond) ; man's sister's son people Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
nyuhgalbinygan wife people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyuhgan.gal husband people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyuhla see senses Lower Richmond [more]
nyuhm, nyuhmbi- smell senses Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyuhmba-, miyuhmba- show ; point to Middle Clarence [more]
nyuhmba-, nyumba- show ; guide ; teach Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyuhnggul perspiration body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyula, nyule he ; male ; fellow ; it Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
nyula-nyula telling lies ; lying Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyulabal Nyulabal language or dialect name language Lower Richmond [more]
nyulagan, nyulegan she Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyulagay him, for Lower Richmond [more]
nyulamang they Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyulamanggan they (feminine) Middle Clarence [more]
nyulangah his Lower Richmond [more]
nyulangi him (accusative) Lower Richmond [more]
nyule he Middle Clarence [more]
nyule, nyula, nyuli he (intransitive subject) Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyule, nyuli he Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyumba- show ; point out Lower Richmond, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyumbil last Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyumbil, nyungambil bird, any bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyumgi- blink ; close the eyes body_part Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyumin walking stick palm ; palm, walking stick plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyun nose body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyundil name, Aboriginal people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyunduh lonely ; nostalgic ; grief, feeling senses Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyunduhmal lonely person people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyunduhwen- grieve ; worry Middle Clarence [more]
nyungamana quickly, very Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyungambil, nyumbil bird (any sort) bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyungan hiccup body_part Middle Clarence [more]
nyunggargur (?), nyunggargar (?) palm, cabbage ; cabbage palm ; cabbage tree (palm) plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyunggulgan, nyanggalgir, nyangga (?) summer natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyurahm (Wa), nyarum (Gd) wart body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyuray dog, female native animal Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyuring river natural_environment Lower Richmond [more]
nyuruhm stone (magic or clever) ; magic stone artifact Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyuruhng biray tired person ; fatigued person people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyurul stone, clever artifact Lower Richmond [more]
nyurungma- gently, do Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyuwang possum animal Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyuwanybil bird, small (species) bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
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